“I will lead you to a land flowing with milk and honey–the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live.”‘ – Exodus 3:17
Read also Josh 24:5-11, Gen 22:17, Mat 7:7
I recall having an interview early 2015 with Pastor Roger Husbands, Founder and Chairman of Drug Education Counseling Services, Barbados. We discussed how some young people were crying out to be given jobs – despite not having any certificates – and were turning instead to crime for the fast dollar.
Of course, we recognise that as in similar recessionary periods of Barbados’…
history, the post-2008 economic downturn has be characterised in part by joblessness and under-employment among even the highly qualified, with hundreds of students facing slim job prospects leaving the University of the West Indies and other tertiary institutions.
If so for them, how much more for those who refuse to study when education is being offered to them, practically for free, or those seeing it as requiring too much effort to take advantage of low-cost – even no-cost – community development courses which could equip them with the tools necessary to start their own businesses.
I am certain that every government of Barbados has envisioned and gone about attempting to create opportunities for all citizens, included the youth. However, the fruits of these opportunities will not fall into our laps. We must get up and possess.
The God of Israel promised to bring a captive nation into the land of Canaan. Canaan was a land flowing with milk and honey, with fertile land, fruit bigger and more succulent that what the Israelites were accustom to. It was everything a people could hope to possess. That Canaan was inhabited by pagan, hostile nations did not mean it could not be conquered. The conquest would serve to mold a new character in the lives of previously enslaved people, who seemed unsure of who they were and what to do when they were no longer receiving orders from their enslavers, nor receiving manna from heaven.
Today, able-bodied men and women would rather depend on hand-outs or getting “a government job”. “Things dread!”, they cry. Some turn up their noses at a decently-earned dollar but wouldn’t blink to rob a hard worker, sell drugs or prostitute themselves to get ahead quickly.
And as they dance mindlessly on the outskirts of their “Canaan”, Satan maintains a firm grip on who they could be and what they could have.